My name is Kris Pope. I grew up hunting and fishing, my father instilled in me a lifelong love of the outdoors and I can't thank him enough for that. About the time I started high school I developed an interest in trapping. There just seemed to be a mystique about it that I had to know more about.
My uncle piddled with trapping years ago, so I gleaned any information I could out of him. I was also able to take advantage of his vast collection of Fur-Fish-Game magazines. Over the course of probably 2 years I devoured nearly 20 years worth of magazines. I read everything I could get my hands on about trapping, and finally bought 6 traps and decided to give it a go.
I did surprisingly well that first year, caught my first coyote along with several gray foxes and beavers. No doubt I was hooked, but there is a steep learning curve when you are learning to trap.
The best thing that happened that year was I learned about the Georgia Trappers Association. I went to one of their conventions and met lots of great folks, viewed demonstrations, and purchased more trapping supplies. I made a couple of contacts at that meeting that were instrumental in developing my skills as a trapper. These guys were willing to take me under their wing and show me how they trapped. That was a fast track for my trapping ability. There's only so much you can learn from reading, but to have someone show you in person what to do and explain the little tricks and tips that a writer may forget to put in an article, that is huge.
That's been more than 15 years ago now. Since then I've trapped in 6 states, Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, Texas, Arkansas, and Alaska, and caught everything from arctic foxes to alligators. I've written articles for regional and national publications, including Georgia Outdoor News, Alabama Outdoor News, Woods N Water, Trapper & Predator Caller, and Trappers Post.
I started this site because whenever someone learns that I'm a trapper they usually say "I've always wanted to try trapping." I hear that so much, but the problem is, trapping is not easy to get into. Trapping supplies aren't cheap, not to mention the fact that you have to know what to do with them once they arrive. Having some instruction was crucial in starting my trapping career, and that's what I'm trying to provide here. Its a whole lot easier when you have someone who can walk you through the process, tell you exactly what you need, then show you how to use what you have.
My goal for Coyote Trapping School is to provide you with that instruction. To give those people that are truly interested in becoming a trapper the tools they need to set some steel and trap some game. And lets face it, what do 99.9% of people who have an interest in trapping have in common? A desire to kill coyotes. Coyotes are a cunning and smart animal. They know how to survive, and will not fall prey to sloppy trapping practices. In fact, they will quickly learn to avoid traps and can really give a trapper a hard time. But there is an incredible sense of satisfaction when you get to one of your traps and there stands a coyote in it. I get just as excited today as I did that very first coyote I trapped. Its a huge thrill, and I want to do my part to pass the knowledge along to those that are interested.
If you want to learn more about coyote trapping be sure to sign up below for our Coyote Trapping School e course, where you'll get step by step instructions on how to catch coyotes.